**ALL TICKETS SOLD OUT**
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Glenavon has been allocated 830 tickets (560 Adult and 270 Concession) for our forthcoming Irish Cup tie against Portadown on Saturday 4th March.
Tickets will be sold as follows:
- Season Ticket and Vice President ticket holders only can purchase their tickets from the club office on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th February from 7 to 9 pm. Each ticket holder MUST present his/her 2016/17 Season Ticket or Vice President ticket. Ticket sales will be limited to two per person. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or credit/debit card.
Please note that tickets for Season Ticket and Vice President ticket holders will not be held aside after Thursday.
- Tickets will go on general sale in the Bedeck Sports Bar from 6:45pm prior to our Danske Bank league fixture against Ballinamallard on Friday 17th February. Ticket sales are limited to two per person. Payment can be made by cash or cheque only.
- Any remaining tickets will then be on sale from Monday 20th February in the club office during normal opening hours: 9:30am to 12 noon.
Thank you for your support.
We have been informed by Portadown FC that admission to our forthcoming Irish Cup game on Saturday 4th March will be by ticket only. Details of when tickets will go on sale will be published on the club’s social media as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.
Glenavon has been handed an away tie against Mid-Ulster rivals Portadown in the draw for the Quarter Finals of the Tennent’s Irish Cup. The draw was made on Radio Ulster this evening by former Portadown and Glenavon players Brian Strain and Geoff Ferris.
The ties will be played on Saturday March 4th.
Photos by Alan Weir and Maynard Collins
Controversy surrounded Glenavon’s opening goal as John Connolly dropped the ball on the edge of his area just after he had caught a cross. After ending up in the back of the net as he attempted to head that cross, Rhys Marshall may have brushed against the keeper’s arm as he ran back past him but, whatever happened, James Gray was alert and took the ball around Connolly before sliding it into the empty net.
Conor Mullen was the main danger for City and he drew a good save from Johnny Tuffey just after the hour mark before seeing a header rebound off the post. John Connolly was the busier of the two keepers throughout, in particular saving well two near post efforts by Greg Moorhouse.
The former Glenavon stopper also denied Gray after he got on the end of a ball over the top from Aaron Canning, touching his low shot onto the inside of the post before gratefully hanging on to the rebound.
Moorhouse got the goal his hard work and non-stop running deserved when he netted from the spot in the 89th minute after Eamon Kelly upended Rhys Marshall in the box.
Attention turns to the Tennent’s Irish Cup tomorrow as Glenavon travel to Holm Park to take on Armagh City in a 6th Round tie, kick off 3pm. Armagh beat Trojans 2-1 in Round 5 whilst Glenavon recovered from conceding an early goal to defeat Portstewart 4-1.
City have not been enjoying the best of seasons and currently occupy the second-bottom spot in the NIFL Championship table but they have made a brighter start to 2017, winning two out of two before crashing to a 4-0 defeat away to Dergview in their last league game.
The Armagh line-up could feature a number of ex-Glenavon players including goalkeeper John Connolly, forwards Shea Campbell and Andrew Hoey and defender Paul Carville.
For Glenavon, Andrew Doyle is still on his recovery from a knee operation and Kyle Neill and Andy McGrory are also still out injured. Simon Kelly and Andy Kilmartin are both doubts with groin niggles which means they probably won’t be risked on the 3G pitch at Holm Park. Andrew Hall played the full 90 minutes in Monday’s friendly with Dundalk so he’s available for selection.
“Of course! I love the Irish Cup,” was Gary Hamilton’s response when we asked him if he was looking forward to the game.
Andy Hall is fit again. Photo by Alan Weir.
“Everybody has been well warned not to take anything for granted and they’ll be well warned again before kick-off tomorrow. These games are potential banana skins and a no-lose situation for the other club. If they turned us over tomorrow it would be a giant killing and it would be seen as us not performing to our capabilities. If we match them for work-rate, desire and hunger, we’ve a great chance of making it to the Quarter Finals. If we don’t the players could have egg on their faces and be sitting with regrets and that’s what you don’t want to have as a footballer.
“We’ve had disappointments against lower league opposition so we know what it feels like, we know how much it hurts but the flip side of that is the boys have to remember what the feeling is like walking out on Cup Final day, seeing your family and friends and the crowds in the stands and getting the opportunity to win the Irish Cup. There’s no better feeling than that on a single day out in football.”
Directions to Holm Park